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Dance is ‘right here, right now’, as demonstrated in aptly named annual show and impressive, purpose-built dance studio. Not only success for pupils as Youth Dance England finalists, but take-up even extends to the first XV, as part of their training programme. Sport is valued as much for its inclusivity (everyone gets chance to represent school) as its excellence. Strong sense of community and family - pupils at ease in a friendly atmosphere. Cherishes church links – historically the cathedral school, and retains links with St Nicholas' Cathedral and Church of SS James and Basil... 

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Dame Allan’s Schools are a group of independent schools in Newcastle upon Tyne. The only establishment in the North East offering the ‘Diamond Structure’ of education, students receive the academic benefits of single-sex education aged 11-16 with the social advantages of co-education; and a the mixed-gender Sixth Form. The schools were founded in 1705 with the Girls’ School believed to be one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in the country.

Entrance examinations at Years 7 and 9 consist of: English, maths & non-VR followed by an interview. For Sixth Form: A minimum of 45 points at GCSE with emphasis on grades achieved in subjects to be pursued.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2020, Will Scott BSc (St Andrews), previously deputy head, academic and pastoral at St Lawrence College in Ramsgate.


Entry at 11 to senior schools by January assessment in English, maths and verbal reasoning, followed by an interview. Sixth form entry conditional on GCSE results with at least 45 points from best eight subjects.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

At a small charge to parents, Dame Allan's provides an excellent service for children with specific learning difficulties. Lessons take place on a mainly one to one basis throughout the entire Schools' age range. The School has its own Learning Support Department with a highly qualified member of staff as the learning support teacher.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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